mess with (someone or something)

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mess with (someone or something)

1. To change, fiddle, or play with something, often without permission to do so. My tools are not toys—please do not mess with them. Hey, don't mess with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 65 degrees.
2. To clash with someone or something. That group of boys is dangerous—don't mess with them.
3. To tease or mock someone. Sarah's a very sensitive kid, so don't mess with her.
4. To confuse or puzzle someone. One minute he's flirting with me, and the next, he's completely disinterested. His mixed signals are totally messing with my head!
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mess with someone or something

 and monkey with someone or something
to bother or interfere with someone or something. Come on, don't monkey with my new camera. Don't mess with me unless you want trouble.
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mess with

Interfere or associate with; also, annoy, bother. For example, Our group won't mess with those street musicians, or I told him not to mess with me or there would be trouble. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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mess with

v.
1. To alter something improperly: Don't mess with the arrangement of the chairs—they're all set up for the meeting.
2. To deceive or confuse someone or something: The horrible accident really messed with my head.
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Hey, @Stranger_Things are you messing with us again," read the upside down tweet, along with a clip of their waffles.
It is out of the question for us to support a person who is messing with us.
Vaguely along the same lines as Eugene Peterson's The Message this is obviously not a direct translation of the Bible but rather an attempt at a paraphrase in modern language: "So, they really shouldn't be messing with us.
So thanks for messing with us, Mister; we can come back.
The Bruins admit they were fatigued from the long trip to Michigan over the weekend - ``It's still messing with us,'' Farmar said - and Howland said he didn't help matters by putting the Bruins through a taxing workout Tuesday.
But, hey, even if they're messing with us, we still think it's kind of funny.
But after that, he was joking around like he always did, messing with us.